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Dead Men Kill: A Murder Mystery of Wealth, Power, and the Living Dead (Stories from the Golden Age) [Kindle Edition]

L. Ron Hubbard
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Book Description

Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all…until now.

As tough as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior. But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged. For the evidence is clear: the killers have not emerged from the seamy underside of the city…but from six feet under it. They are the walking dead, spreading terror and showing no mercy.

Following a trail of drugs, blackmail, and the twisted clues of a seductive nightclub singer, Detective Lane will have to think outside the box…or he could end up inside one, buried alive.

In 1934, while living in New York, the heart of the publishing industry, Hubbard struck up a friendship with the city’s medical examiner—a relationship that started his education in undetectable crime and provided him with authoritative clinical background for his detective stories.

“A rollicking horror yarn [that] taps into the current craze for zombies…. heart-pounding.” —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

First published in 1934 in Thrilling Detective magazine, Hubbard's rollicking horror yarn just happens to tap into the current craze for zombies. Heroic Det. Sgt. Terrence "Terry" Lane looks into a deeply disturbing series of murders of powerful businessmen. Dawn Drayden, a pretty Club Haitian entertainer, confirms Lane's hunch that the killers are dead men "coming back from the grave and killing their employers." The zombie mastermind is the nefarious Dr. Leroux, originally of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, aka Loup-garou (or human hyena). In the end, Drayden and Lane must face heart-pounding dangers once Dr. Leroux's secrets are revealed. This fun, campy novella reflects a contemporary revenge vibe felt by those who wouldn't mind dispatching a few zombies to punish criminally inclined businessmen. END

From Booklist

When a writer produces as much material as Hubbard, there is bound to be the occasional misfire. In this story, from the July 1934 issue of Thrilling Detective, a police detective is faced with a series of murders that appear to have been committed by zombies. Hubbard’s pulp fiction is always formulaic, but readers might find this one too much so, without his usual flair. Lacking in any real suspense, with unsubtle clues that might as well be accompanied by the words “this is a clue” in large, bold capitals, the story feels listless, as though its author had no real interest in his material. This is unusual for Hubbard, who generally sounds like he’s having at least as much fun writing his stories as we are reading them. Collectors of pulp fiction will probably want to add this one to their collections, but it’s doubtful they’ll want to give it a second read. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1459613996
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (September 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies April 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
L. Ron Hubbard is probably best known as the founder of Scientology and creator of Dianetics. These days, his name is largely connected with the antics of the some of the more "outspoken" members of the religion, overshadowing the fact that the man really knew how to tell an entertaining story. All 150 of the stories Hubbard wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1930s and '40s are being rereleased in paperback and audio under the evocative title Stories from the Golden Age.

The recordings I've tried so far are just terrific. They are a professionally produced combination of traditional narrated audiobooks (with narration deftly handled by R.F. Daley) and old-time radio, with skilled actors playing the characters (often multiple roles) and genre-specific music and sound effects rounding out the experience.

"I have come to kill you, Gordon."

So says a voice reminiscent of the grave, as its fingers wrap around Gordon's throat and slowly take his life. Detective Sergeant Terry Lane arrives on the scene and notes the similarity with another recent murder. All the evidence points to a no-longer-assailant, and Lane's fears are confirmed when he uncovers the suspect's empty coffin and has to fight off a trio of expressionless figures with only his fists.

For a while, Lane has only questions, like how do a letter from "Loup-Garou," a Haitian pharmacy bill, and the mysterious Dr. Leroux tie in to the murders? The primary targets seem to be rich and influential businessmen, but if Lane doesn't find out who's responsible and stop the culprit, the next zombie will be him.

Matt Scott turns in a solid performance as the ultranoble Lane, and John Mariano plays the mad scientist with relish (complete with a selection of diabolical laughs).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Old Days are Back July 24, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my Kindle, and it's a very easy, short read. Published in the mid 30s, the book was serialized in a magazine, a new chapter coming out about each week or so. The basic premise is a stereotypical story from that era. A series of murders have caught the attention of Police-officer, Terry Lane. The murders appear to have been committed by someone well-acquainted with the victim, but who has died recently! Lane begins to uncover the plot of one Dr. Leroux, recently back from Haiti where he has discovered the potion which can turn men into zombies.

L. Ron Hubbard's novella is pure fun - nothing is taken seriously here, and one has to view it that way when you're reading the book. The book is an interesting little horror story, but will delight mystery fans with its twist ending. "Dead Men Kill" is a fun book to read on whelm is you enjoyable books written during the golden age. My only complaint is the fact that the story is rather predictable, and just a bit too 'out there.' But if your interested in reading a fun horror/mystery then I suggest "Dead Men Kill."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies March 15, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
First this is an excellent kindle edition as it is true to the original and contains no scanning errors also it contains copies of the original artwork which can be zoomed to view in addition there is a glossary which is linked to underlined items which are generally words or phrases not in common use now but were widely used in the 1930/40s. Also included in the book complete with photographs is a comprehensive biography of L Ron Hubbard.
The actual story is typical of the type written at the time when authors had to bash out stories in minimal time to meet editor's time scales and often paid by the word. However it is still a good story that does not seem, apart from the language to have dated. Without giving away much of the plot it is soon discovered, first few pages, that there are murders being carried out by people that are known to be dead. From this start the story progresses with a number of murders with the detective just too late until the final climax where there is a bit of a twist. Good reading if only to get a flavour of this type of book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great zombie crime tale! April 11, 2010
By T.P.M.
This 1934 story appeared early in Hubbard's remarkable career. Part zombie story, part crime story, Hubbard successfully fused genres long before such devices were commonplace. Told in ten brisk chapters, the story is a prime example of Hubbard's trademark pacing, strong characters, and flair for suspense. The protagonist, Detective-Sergeant Terry Lane is a quintessential Hubbard hero - intelligent, savvy, and quick to act. Fans of the Golden Age are sure to enjoy this ghoulish delight from America's Master Storyteller. For those that prefer audio books you'll not be disappointed. Each audio book features a multicast performance with music and sound effects reminiscent of radio's golden age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book is a quick read but not the most suspenseful novel. If you're into this era of science fiction you may enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Not Too Dark Zombie Murder Mystery April 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
What I liked about this story, besides the excellent production and talent, was the way a murder mystery with zombies could keep me interested without being too dark and depressing. I think it was the pace of it and maybe the tone set by the opening line: "I have come to kill you, Gordon." It didn't waste any time with deep reflections. I found it enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men Kill (Stories from the Golden Age)
Interesting story about zombies and the walking dead. Set in a time when police knew one another on a first name basis. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Fun!!
Published 1 month ago by Susan Marino Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
The golden age certainly describes this story. It tells the story crisply and clearly. Relax and enjoy the surprise ending.
Jeanne Zabst
Published 1 month ago by jeanne zabst
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Don't care for old fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Culligan
4.0 out of 5 stars L R Hubbard
Outstanding short story. Hubbard has always been one of the best.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A total waste of time.
Published 2 months ago by Roger Schneier
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great. The mystery of how men are coming back ...
Not great. The mystery of how men are coming back from the dead to kill people isn't hard to figure out, the characters are not memorable, and the whole thing feels like it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bhakta Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars so so
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite stories.
I have been a collector of Golden Age Pulp fiction for a number of years and it is great to see the Mr. Hubbard's works are again now available. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timothious Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
This is a great story for a cold dark rainy night. Bundle up and read it in one sitting. Great fun.
Published 4 months ago by Peter Arthur
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 280 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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